The Overwatch League is on Stage 4 and viewership is declining.
Day 2 of Stage 4 has the least amount of views with an average of 63,000. Stage 3 wasn’t super entertaining but did pick up during the playoffs with 133,000 views. Stage 4 starts with 113,000 views through Twitch, a 15.2% drop from Stage 3. There isn’t a certain answer for why viewership declined however it started with New York Excelsior dominating the other teams.
Today the London Spitfire take on the San Francisco Shock,
the LA Gladiators vs Florida Mayhem & Philly Fusion vs Shanghai Dragons
Esports at Tokyo Game Show
The visual theme for this year is esports, for the Tokyo Game Show. The Tokyo Game Show is a huge expo filled with different games whether from Indie devs or big game companies, exhibitors. This is Smartphone Game Area which focuses on games for smart devices and social games for portable devices. Indie Game Area is where games for every platform are on display to help generate new trends in the computer entertainment industry. Esports Area is for esports gaming, game devices, hardware and other related products. VR/AR Area is for VR games, hardware and other services. Game School Area is for professionals schools and universities to gather together and be inspired for future creators.
2014’s theme involved Sony sponsoring the Indie Game Area. This meant the developers didn’t have to pay for a booth.
ELeague’s new hostess
With Richard Lewis stepping down as ELEAGUE hosts there leaves an empty spot which Michele Morrow is more than ready to fill. She’s hosted many events including the Tekken Team Takedown this past year and DirecTV Virtual Ticket for BlizzCon events. The SFV Invitational starts on June 1 until July 13, the winner receives $250,000.
Brazilian Team Liquid blew everyone out the water by becoming Season 7’s Rainbow Six Siege champs. Team Liquid flowed through FNATIC with a 6-5 then Oregon 5-2 making it to the semifinals. To get into the grand finals Millenium had to beat Team Liquid the score was 3-5. Team Liquid took PENTA in the map Consulate 5-1 crowning Liquid as the champs. Source
BAM 10, Battle Arena Melbourne, is a masters for the Tekken World Tour. A few notable Tekken professional players showed up like ROX|Knee, Uyu|Jeondding and FOX|Saint. A note worthy match is Knee & Saint’s, who were in the grand finals. Saint made it out of Losers’ Finals and fought a good fight but couldn’t beat Knee. https://clips.twitch.tv/FairMushyRabbitRlyTho
Overwatch League Update
Philly Fusion shut down the Florida Mayhem 4-0. The Dragons could not bring the heat to the Valiants, 1-3. Excelesior is the only one spitting that hot fiya; they took the victory against the London Spitfire 3-1. Source
They are called Royal Never Give Up for a reason! They are the new Mid Season Invitational LoL champs. Sunday morning in Paris, South Korea’s Kingzone DragonX went up against China’s RNG and takes the L. The odds were always in RNG’s favor. DragonX did a bit of gambling in the first three games which gave RNG the advantage from jump. RNG capitalized and take the MSI Champion title. Source
Epic Games is funding Fortnite community competitions with $100,000,000 worth of prizes.
They haven’t fully released the details but they did say;
“We’re getting behind competitive play in a big way, but our approach will be different – we plan to be more inclusive, and focused on the joy of playing and watching the game.”
Stay tuned for more info.
This is a great opportunity for those of us in the community to help them see diversity and be inclusive. Stay tuned for more info for tournaments hosted by your community.
$1.2 million goes Mobile Esports game
Gamelynx raised over $1.2million to create team based mobile esports games.
Gamelynx is a game development studio established in 2016 by a former dev of League of Legends with their first title releasing later this year.
There are many people backing this movement like Y Combinator, Skycatcher Fund, M Venture and Riot Games. This effort of creating an esports mobile game has been attempted in the past but failed because the games were similar to other games readily available on PC or console. Yesterday in my piece about mobile esports on the rise I mentioned mobile gaming broadening the competitive gaming community’s demographic. I believe that the games that were made for esports on mobile may have failed to bring in a different demographic. There are few people who will have a game on PC/Console and then want to turn around and put it on their phone. I’m not saying it hasn’t been done but, it is a bit much. According to CEO of Gamelynx, Alexander Mistakidis, they are given the technology needed to succeed in making a good mobile esports game.
As the line between mobile and PC/console continues to blur, the portability and accessibility of mobile creates an even brighter future for competitive gaming and esports,” said Mistakidis.
Eleague Street Fighter V Invitational
If you’ve been paying attention to Eleague’s fighting game reality show on TBS don’t forget that tonight is the night we find out who will win the spot at the Eleague Street Fighter tournament. It’s Commander Jesse vs JB. http://www.eleague.com/street-￼fighter-v-2018
Last night Philly took Boston for a joy ride with a 3-1 win. NY blew Florida out with a 3-0 victory and Houston showed London they were about that life with a 4-0 win.
Tonight’s games are Fuel vs Gladiators, Uprising vs Outlaws, and the Shock vs Dynasty, tonight starting at 5pm CT
Red Bull Esports Online Tourneys
International Centre in Toronto will host the first ever Red Bull esports online tournament from July 27-29. Fortnite and DOTA 2 are amoungst the hype of this Red Bull AdrenaLAN tournament. Registration is opened for both tournaments and you are allowed to compete in either one. This is a Bring Your Own Computer tournament. Players can arrive on Friday to the venue. Team slots are open for two day matches from July 28 & 29. Players are allowed to freely switch teams. 400 players will be battle in 200 duo competitions, the battle bus is leaving every 5 minutes from 10am to 7pm every day. The winning team of eat match takes home $156. The team with the most victories play a winner’s match at the end of the weekend.
Will you be playing Overwatch Anniversary?! Event starts, May 22nd, 2018.
Thankful I get another opportunity to snag the Pajama Mei Skin that I just missed in the Retribution event and the Mercy Witch Skin from the original Junkentstein’s Revenge. I am hoping we see a really nice skin for Pharah because she’s always seemingly shortchanged when it comes to elaborate skins. Which skins from previous events are you keeping an eye out for?
Oh wow! Is the first thing I have to say about this pop up con. Black Girl Gamers received the privilege of having a panel, Creating A Safe Space for Black Girl Gamers and Streaming Safely as a POC at Wicomicon.
Wicomicon is a one day pop-up convention which took place on Saturday April 29 on 1100 Wicomico St in Baltimore, MD. This con is comprised of local comic book shops, cosplayers from around the world and a community willing to make this happen such as The Blerd Gurl, AceBlade, Black Hereos Matter and may more.
Three Fifs Podcast doing their thing during their intro to Table Top Gaming Panel.
Walking into the con was different from any convention I’ve been to; it is in a warehouse, we took a freight elevator up. When the gates opened we are staring Wicomicon in the face! Vendors selling your typical con swag, like a Cowboy Bebop blanket which I most def scooped up. Many artists doing commissions and selling merch; the amount of money I spent, SHOOKETH! Wicomicon vendors and artists are spread between two rooms but the amount of vendors aren’t overwhelming. The place feels homely and warm. I have the time to enjoy each table and take my time to look and realize that I like certain pieces. The more I circled the room, the more things I wanted to buy. It is a pleasure and privilege to get to have these long conversations with the artists and vendors. I had a chance to speak with the gentleman involved in the Malika comic book, Roy from YouNeekStudios, that was awesome. I will be reviewing part two very soon; here’s part one.
This is truly a place to be inspired. You have experts at your disposal willing to share. Wicomicon is truly for the culture!
Black Girl Gamers Panel
Me, Jay and Akua representing on our panel.
Our panel, Creating a Safe Space For Black Girl Gamers and Streaming Safely as a POC, was a great experience not just for me but all of BGG, Jay-Ann, founder, Akua and everyone who attended.
We talked about how to enter a community like BGG, which is positively, you get what you give. We freely give advice on creating a safe space around your target audience and streams. Another thing we touched on is moderating and how to implement it to have a safer and productive time when you are streaming. We even went into detail how to stream from your console. We’ll be putting up videos soon so check back for those. Thumbstick Mafia’s podcast has all the keys on modding.
Overall it was a great panel, we are here to encourage people to be themselves, Black Girl Gamers. Don’t be ashamed, don’t hide it; be you. Feel free to watch the entire panel here.
Wicomicon, in my eyes, looked like a success. There’s no complaints, except there wasn’t a real concessions stand but upon speaking with the company that provided the refreshments he said the best they could do with a seven day notice is chips, cookies and pop or soda, depending on where you’re from.
The cosplayers, attendees and vendors really made the con. It didn’t feel like a warehouse it felt like a community gathering. This event was created with love and I’m very fortunate to have experienced it.
Can I just say, I love these one day cons. They’re not overwhelming, you don’t see the same merch and that allows me to support most of the vendors by buying something from each table. It’s easier not to get distracted by the multitude of panels. We could panels one after another and not have to rush a whole football field to get to the next. But this is just my personal opinion. WHEN I do my con it will be a one day thing, hope to see you there. Details coming in a few years!